Immersion has reached a global settlement with Apple and entered into a license agreement with the company. The terms of the deal are confidential. Immersion is the “leading innovator of touch feedback technology” a.k.a haptics. It has over 2,600 patents on its name and its technology is used in over 3 billion devices.
Immersion had filed a couple of lawsuits against Apple claiming that it had infringed on its patents with 3D Touch and its haptic feedback. Apple had first debuted 3D Touch and its new Taptic engine with the iPhone 6s. It also went on to use these features on the Apple Watch and its newer line of MacBook laptops.
Immersion Corporation, the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that the Company has entered into settlement and license agreements with Apple, the terms of which are confidential.
Initially, Immersion had sued Apple and AT&T for infringing on three of its patents with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and the Apple Watch. For some reason, the company had added AT&T to the lawsuit as it sells Apple products to consumers. By that logic, other major retailers and carriers like Verizon should have also been a part of the lawsuit but there was no mention of them in the lawsuit. In the original lawsuit, Immersion was also looking to put a halt on the sale of the devices in the United States that infringed on its patents. It also wanted compensatory charges from Apple. While there was has been no word from the Cupertino company, its likely that it has paid compensatory charges and will continue to pay Immersion a licensing fee for infringing on its patents.